War Correspondence

How local news outlets are covering the conflict.

Its a time when even local news outlets flood the war theater with reporters and cameras. So which Seattle outlet is most committed to getting the story?

Television

KOMO-TV (Channel 4, ABC): Reporter Keith Eldridge is in Kuwait with refueling planes from McChord Air Force Base. The station also will have reports from KOMO-AMs Pam McCall, who is in Qatar. Gulf-based reporters from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Bremerton Sun also will provide reports.

KING-TV (Channel 5, NBC): The station will mostly rely on NBC and MSNBC for coverage. Reporter Glenn Farley is embedded with the 555th Army Engineers from Fort Lewis, and he is scheduled to be with the group for the duration. In addition to evening newscasts, KING will tap sister station KONG-TV (Channel 6/16) to broadcast ongoing local protests and other events and, as usual, will share its material with sibling NorthWest Cable News.

KIRO-TV (Channel 7, CBS): No announced plans to send any reporters abroad.

Newspapers

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Has reporter M.L. Lyke and photographer Grant Haller stationed on the Everett-based carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Their reports began running in the P-I last week.

Seattle Times: The paper has not dispatched reporters to the Gulf. It will rely on wire services.

Radio

KOMO-AM (1000): Has reporter Pam McCall stationed in Qatar and will otherwise rely on ABC News.

KIRO-AM (710): If youve been listening, youve already heard Dave Ross doing his morning show live from Qatar. Hes only scheduled to be there through March 21, but the station says it can easily extend his stay. No other reporters on the ground; will lean heavily on CBS for reports.

KVI-AM (570): Will go to ABC News coverage early and work in local and national talk hosts.

KUOW-FM (94.9): Will go to constant National Public Radio coverage in the wars early days and, on occasion, will open phones for local comment.

pdawdy@seattleweekly.com

 
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